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Nice Period Piece-Familiar Story, But Fresh,
This review is from: Jew Gangster: A Father's Admonition (Hardcover)
Joe Kubert, one of the early greats in the comic medium, wrote and drew this entertaining graphic novel, "Jew Gangster," the story of a young gangster Reuben Kaplan. Ruby joins the Jewish mob during the Great Depression and falls into a predictable spiral of violence. The story of lost innocence and the inevitable ending feels familiar, yet fresh.
This entertaining graphic novel is part of what I am calling the "Depression Era New York" school of stories - "Kings In Disguise" and Eisner's "Contract With God Trilogy" are among this group of works. This story is not as powerful as those, but a worthy member of the serious graphic novel genre. This powerful short novel is another display of how much the Great Depression affected an entire generation of artists. With fine artwork and a fast-paced story, this novel has me writing it again: we live in an incredible age for the comic medium.